More tactics fun!

Sep 23, 2015, 8:15 AM |

Here is another tactic taken from a real game that my teammate had at a tournament.  Worth mentioning, my teammate's opening was the Rossolimo, one of my favorites to play against the Sicilian as white. 

Now, as many here know, I've been working quite a bit on tactics.  That said I look and go over games and last night (don't faint), I was actually studying ((((GASP)))) a book, "Chess Openings:  Traps and Zaps" by Bruce Pandolfini.   Truth be told, I wasn't getting squat from the book on my own although I did make it to page two of the intro before my attention was lost.  I liked some of what was being said about openings.  To average players (and I am including myself as a "novice"), the opening is quite important because what good is learning middle game and end game if you lose in the opening in ten moves?   Good point!   My hind quarters are STILL burning over a fried liver debacle that was probably two and a half years ago or more!!      Once past the intro in the Pandolfini book, however, I had horrible trouble understanding.  One of the reasons I don't do well in books is because I can't "see" the sequence of moves that are often described (in my household, it is highly impractical to have a chess board out while reading).   Books can be great learning tools but a player must be able to follow!  That being said, rather than trying to tackle a book by myself, a stronger player will sometimes go over books with me to ensure my understanding.  This was the case this time as well, and the stronger player was explaining some of the concepts from the book.  

Many times, it seems that if one is falling into an opening "trap", there is a tactic that is game changing.  We looked at such an example but it reminded me of a game that we once went over.    This was after a nice opening led to a middle game and a tactic presented itself.   When going over the game itself, I did not spot it. 

That's worth noting.   I'm getting some medium level tactcs on (I prefer doing tactics there as there is no clock to add pressure -- I play mostly slow games anyway -- no blitz for me, please!).   Getting tactics on is one thing -- spotting them in a game is another.  I definitely have trouble doing that.   This is why when I work with said stronger player, we do a variety of things.  We may work in the book a little (when he drags me there.  I detest book study although I begrudgingly admit I DO learn when someone goes over them with me) but then we will go over a game.  When going over a game, this tactic presented itself and I was told that I HAD actually solved a similar tactic in tactics trainer.  That's encouraging.... I'm getting there!  One slow step at a time.

Enough jabber from me.  As mentioned, this was taken from a real game my teammate had in a tournament.  See how you do and let me know!   Hint:  Two tactical motifs here.